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RATINGS: 1269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Inspired by a tale of a cask doctor who brought sluggish ales back to life by suspending a fig in them. Brewed from 100% Maris Otter pale ale malt, a blend of fine hops and conditioned on dates and figs. User Instructions: open bottle, pour contents into two snifters. Enjoy. ALTERNATIVELY: Walk hand-in-neck with bottle into the middle of the woods. Use shovel to dig 2x2 hole three feet deep. Seal bottle in plastic bag. Place in hole and pack with dirt. Memorize location and leave. Return exactly one year later. Dig up bottle, open and enjoy.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2005 bottle. Sweet almost to the point of discomfort. Slightly hazy amber body with very little head. The aroma presents brown sugar, alcohol, bread, grainy malts. Slight notes of citrus, peach, prune juice, sweet fig. The flavor is lightly bitter and heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. The finish is sticky and sweet with a slight alcoholic bite. The sweet malts needed something for balanceó some funk or a little more bitterness. Neither was there.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
12 oz bottle from someone. Nice looking amber pour. Aroma is sugar, malt and hops. Flavor is super sweet, very malty, with a hint of vanilla and like the previous poster said, I detect sherry. This is way over the top. I almost detect what would normally be a very tasty barleywine if it wasnít for the super sweet sugary body. I love the creativity of this brewery, but I am simply not a fan of their beers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange with a thin beige head. Aroma of brown sugar, figs, a touch of citrus and some alcohol. Full body and fine carbonation. Boozy taste. Not a surprise given the ABV and youth of this beer. This beer is to hot to be particularly enjoyable. Looks like I should have buried it in a hole for a year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle@Home, bottled nov 04. Cookie dough and carrots aroma. Cloudy, amber colour, beige firm small head, good lace. Very very sweet, very very bitter, tangerine, lots of spices, pepper, nutmeg, laurel, cookie dough. Very sticky, very alcoholic. Flavours are complex but still due to itís sugar sweetness one-dimensional. Strangely enough itís age didnít really show.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from last yearís release. Pours a hazy crimson ruby brown with a medium yellowed white head that falls off quickly. Sweet old plum and prune, oxidized caramel. Sweet, apples, oxidized malt. Boozy finish with lots of long burning alcohol. Still too hot and tough to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
philvil (175) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2010
iíve been looking for this for a while but I wasnít impressed. very high alcohol and very sweet... but more sour than hoppy. maybe it would be better if they put it through the Randall machine. a little raisiny, almost like a stripped down version of the raison díextra. overall thereís nothing bad about this beer, but also nothing that good

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2671) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Bottled 2009. Pours a thin short lived off white head, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is caramel/toffee malts, citrus, pine, dried fruit (raisin)....taste is candi sugar to start, evolving into pineapple, with a bit of pine, then candied fruits (cherry, raisin, citron) finishing sweet and a bit too hot....mouth feel is thick and sticky, carbonation makes it frothy on the palate. This is, unfortunately, too young. The forces have yet to balance out. The alcohol is obviously present, the heavily sweet malts (which make for a VERY sweet drink) and the hops have not yet come together. This is an excellent example of the need for time in making a Barley Wine. The forces here are so large (what was the OG and the FG?) that it needs more than I gave it. It might be absolutely wonderful in a year or two. BJCP 9/3/13/4/7

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a red/orange appearance with a light head. Head is alcoholic, wine-like, sweet, and a lot like red fruits. Very strong flavor thatís initially a lot like grapefruit, follows through with a wine-like mouthfeel, and finishes incredibly strong. Beer is incredibly strong and is not masked well. There are however a lot of flavors going on. Pretty complex beer once you make it through the alcohol. Definitely a sipper. There are better barleywines out there, just not too many stronger ones.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. Bottle consumed with about a year of age on it. The poured is a moderate golden color with little head or lacing, though there are some legs on the side of the glass. The nose is quite sweet with some booze, but also brings a nice fruit presence. The taste is overly boozy and a bit too sweet at this point. Feel falls victim likewise. Drinks well enough now, though this definitely needs three years plus, Iíd think. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-10-2010

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gription79 (2283) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2011
12 oz bottle
Aroma: huge fruity alcohol note, vinous, malty
Taste: burnt sugar, hot alcohol notes, malty, raisins
Not really a fan of this beer. The harshness of the alcohol really ruined this beer for me.


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